By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Communication Director: In a recently released statement, a significant number of Nobel Laureates from diverse disciplines voiced their support for biotechnology -- better known in the public as GMOs (genetically modified organisms) -- and modern agriculture practices including precision agriculture. The group called on leaders of Greenpeace, the United Nations and governments around the world to join them.
To date, 110 Nobel Prize winners in fields including Medicine, Economics, Physics, Chemistry,
The campaign was launched on June 30th at a Washington, D.C. press conference by representative signers Sir Richard Roberts (1993 Nobel Laureate
The website, Support GMOs and Golden Rice offers details on the Nobel Laureates' statement, list of signers and background on the benefits and safety of GMOs.
One of Arizona’s own was encouraged to see such an illustrious group come out in support of biotechnology. “This letter is yet another rational response from our world’s most recognized scientists to irrational, politically motivated non-science-based activism,” said Vice President of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona, Shane C. Burgess. “I believe our society has an ethical obligation to allow the billions of us who will benefit from transgenic crops to be able to choose to access them. I believe that these crops are key tools in maintaining the healthy ecosystems we need to use to grow our food. I agree with the sentiment in the last sentence of the letter. I believe it is as irresponsible to use transgenic crops, and these millions of people, as pawns in agenda-driven political activism as it is to deny these same people access to antibiotics. Antibiotics and transgenic crops are both simply biotechnology products. Just as the human and veterinary medical community has a professional and ethical obligation to use antibiotics responsibility, we in agriculture are equally obligated to use all of the state-of-the-art science that tells us how to use transgenic crops responsibly.”
Perhaps the most interesting link on Support
Laureate Sir Richard Roberts stated, "In our
The Laureates urged policy makers, the